I took a quiz today titled “my ecological footprint” and as it turns out I have a somewhat large footprint (although to my credit, smaller than the average in my country) so that said is it time for change? Of course, but change is difficult. Not only does it require effort and work, but money. In our society being “different” or “ecologically responsible” is expensive and I’m somewhere near the poor category. You should take the quiz too and report your results. Living in the suburbs = bad score.
An excerpt from my quiz results:
WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 4.5 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE ACRES PER PERSON.
IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 4.6 PLANETS.
And here I thought I was doing good because, well, I recycle. But, that most certainly isn’t enough.
Some I know of:
- Find ways to use public transportation (difficult in the burbs, but doable)
- Become a vegetarian again (was for 10 years before succumbing to the dark side)
- Get a more efficient car (but… it’s the mini van!)
- Eat more natural foods (expensive but our bodies deserve it… we only have one!)
- Stop eating fast food (it’s so easy, and cheap, but bad… very very bad… but so good)
- Stop supporting companies that are evil
- Become better educated
Well, if you have any further suggestions for change please let me know. Or, if you know of a few spare planets that would work too.